PILOT MOUNTAIN — Plate orders are now being taken by the town for a fundraiser to benefit ”one of our own.”
The fundraising event, sponsored by The Pilot Mountain Police Department, will benefit Captain Michael Palmer.
Palmer is in “critical condition,” battling cancer according to Police Chief Darryl Bottoms.
The event will be held on Friday, Feb. 24. Officers will begin hand-delivering plates of port-a-pit chicken at 11 a.m. Plates will also be available for pick-up at the police department that day.
The plates will include half a chicken, baked beans, barbecue slaw, roll and a dessert.
Palmer was diagnosed with cancer the beginning of December 2016. “He has not been able to work since,” stated Chief Bottoms. It was then he decided to do something to help relieve some of the pressure off the family.
Palmer has served the town of Pilot Mountain since 1988. Palmer took on the role of Captain after then Captain Jeff Johnson retired last year. “He has really dedicated himself to the community and the town.”
The police department has seven full-time and 10 part-time sworn officers.
Palmer is the husband to Sue Palmer and the father of two children and one grandchild.
“He is a super guy.” stated Bottoms. “I’ve known him since we were teenagers. He’s always the person you want to be around.”
Mayor Dwight Atkins, who plans to be at the fundraiser serving plates, expressed how long Palmer has been a part of the community. “He grew up. went to East Surry and has always been apart of this community.”
“With such a small town, and the departments being relatively small, everyone is close. When something like this happens it hits hard.”
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